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Articles from May 30, 2015

36 Hours in Honolulu
A quick visit to Honolulu.The name Honolulu can conjure up frenzied activity: exploring the sea with electric scooters, high-altitude extreme parasailing, close encounters with sharks, 40-miles-an-hour motorboat rides that guarantee you'll get wet. But...
Abused and Violated by Tunisia Police, Then Shamed ; Women Are Preparing to Testify on Torture under 2 Dictatorships
In an Arab country where women's rights had made advances, women are testifying about abuses under two dictatorships.She was just 21 when she was arrested by Tunisia's state police, who hauled her into an Interior Ministry office and "beat me up so hard...
A Film Legend's Posthumous Self-Portrait ; Manoel De Oliveira Kept His 1982 Movie from the Public until His Death
Manoel de Oliveira kept his 1982 movie from the public until his deathDead men tell no tales, so the saying goes. Unless, of course, your name is Manoel de Oliveira.When the Portuguese filmmaker died in April at the improbable age of 106, it seemed that...
And for the Buyer Who Finds an Off-the-Rack Rolls-Royce Just Won't Do
As owners of ultraluxury cars seek to distinguish themselves among their peers, Rolls-Royce, Maserati and others sell more limited-edition models.CORRECTION APPENDED In the rarefied world of ultraluxury cars, buyers can already own some of the...
A New Sound from Congo
New releases from Mbongwana Star, Zella Day, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Giant Sand.Mbongwana Star, a band from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, radically upends expectations of Congolese music; "mbongwana" means "change" in Lingala, a Congolese...
Arts Guide
A look at selected arts events worldwide.ShanghaiMyth/History II: The Shanghai Galaxy Yuz Museum, Shanghai. Through July 12.This new museum, a center for contemporary Asian art housed partly in a former airplane hangar, opened last year with the inaugural...
A Struggle, but Williams Clears Hurdle ; Top Seed at French Open Wins in 2nd Round, Which She Failed to Do Last Year
Serena Williams beat 105th-ranked Anna-Lena Friedsam in three sets in the second round, a year after she was eliminated in Paris in the same round.Serena Williams joked after her first-round victory at the French Open on Tuesday that she was simply relieved...
Auctioning a Private Collection Requires a Delicate Strategy
Sellers should ask tough questions of the auction houses or galleries that want to represent them, and be reasonable about the value of their collections.The first coin that captured D. Brent Pogue's attention was a 1915 wheat penny. He was 10 years...
Beauty Queen Strives to Alter Japan Mind-Set
Ariana Miyamoto, the first half-black Miss Universe Japan, has endured slurs since she was a child.When Ariana Miyamoto was crowned Miss Universe Japan 2015, participants said she stole the show with a saucy strut, an infectious smile and a calm self-confidence...
Cameron Tours E.U. to Seek 'Better Deal'
The British prime minister is carrying a warning to several key counterparts that Britain will leave the European Union without concessions from Brussels.Prime Minister David Cameron, with a majority mandate from the British people, is off on a whirlwind...
Chinese Accused of Using Impostors for College Test
The indictment sketches a scheme in which impostors using fake Chinese passports took the exams at testing sites in the Pittsburgh area.Fifteen Chinese nationals have been accused of cheating the college entrance examination system in the United States...
Dalai Lama Calls on Nobel Laureate to Act ; Aung San Suu Kyi Scolded for Her Silence on Muslim Minority's Plight
The Dalai Lama criticized the leader of Myanmar's democracy movement for not addressing the country's harsh treatment of its Rohingya minority.When they embraced democracy and vowed to leave behind their repressive and dictatorial past, the leaders of...
Equinix to Acquire Telecity of Britain for $3.6 Billion ; Deal Will Allow U.S. Firm to Bolster Its European Data Center Business
The proposed transaction ends an all-share deal announced in February between Telecity and its European competitor Interxion.The American data center provider Equinix said on Friday that it had struck a deal to acquire its smaller British rival Telecity Group...
Ex-Speaker of House Is Accused of 'Misconduct'
The Illinois politician is accused of lying to the F.B.I. and structuring cash withdrawals to avoid bank reporting requirements.J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, has been charged with lying to the F.B.I. and making...
Fake Jobs in Europe with Real Benefits ; Programs Try to Combat an Alarming Rise in Long-Term Unemployment
Companies that deal in imaginary wares are being used across Europe to combat an alarming rise in long-term unemployment with realistic training.At 9:30 a.m. on a sunny weekday, the phones at Candelia, a purveyor of sleek office furniture in Lille, France,...
FIFA Chief Is Re-Elected after a Week of Scandal ; Blatter Gets a Fifth Term despite Indictments at the Top of Soccer Body
Sepp Blatter was re-elected as FIFA's president on Friday, emerging from a week of scandal and renewed public criticism with a fifth term as the head of soccer's world governing body.Sepp Blatter was re-elected as FIFA's president on Friday, emerging...
Finding Your Place
A few guidelines for creative people: First, stay in the room. And don't fill those moments with cat videos.Like practically everyone else, I gave a commencement speech last week. Mine was for the Paris College of Art, an American art and design school...
For Greece, a Deadline Looms amid a War of Words ; Tracking of Debt Talks, and German Barbs, Turns into National Obsession
How the mutual media fascination in the two coutnries influences the delicate bailout negotiations has become its own point of discussion.As a nightly news anchor for Skai TV in Greece, Sia Kossioni closely monitors Germany, checking the latest remarks...
Former Lehman Chief Breaks a Long Silence ; Fuld, Vilified for His Role in Bank Crisis, Speaks on Love, Putin and 'Rocky'
In his first public appearance since 2008, Richard Fuld mused about the economy, the Middle East, love and life but danced around his firm's fall.After nearly seven years of public silence, Richard S. Fuld Jr., the former chief executive of Lehman Brothers,...
For Sponsors, No Easy Response on FIFA
World Cup sponsors showed predictable caution in responding to the Department of Justice's indictment of nine FIFA officials on corruption charges.World Cup sponsors demonstrated various levels of caution in their responses this week to the United States...
French Court Convicts 8 of Exploiting L'Oreal Heir
Francois-Marie Banier was found guilty of "abuse of weakness" and money laundering by a court in Bordeaux, France. Seven others were also found guilty in the case.A French court has sentenced a celebrity photographer to three years in prison for swindling...
Google Intensifies Its Push into Virtual Reality ; Search Giant Introducing Initiatives to Highlight Its Inexpensive Viewer
Efforts range from no-frill systems to a virtual reality recorder under development that includes 16 360-degree cameras.CORRECTION APPENDED Google has seen the future, and it is littered with cardboard boxes. At its Google I/O developer conference...
Holding Your Breath in India
Did I put my family in jeopardy by moving to New Delhi, one of the worst public health disasters in the world?For weeks the breathing of my 8-year-old son, Bram, had become more labored, his medicinal inhaler increasingly vital. And then, one terrifying...
In Captured Syrian City, ISIS Employs Both Carrot and Stick
Islamic State militants have alternated between terrorizing residents and courting them, and has taken over institutions, including in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria.Hours after they swept into the Syrian city of Palmyra this month, Islamic State...
Infighting Limits S.E.C.'S Effectiveness
A political battle has disrupted the case against the Computer Sciences Corporation, forcing on-again, off-again negotiations.More than once this year, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission was close to securing a landmark accounting fraud...
In Finals, Overlooked Defense May Be the Key ; Cavaliers-Warriors Series Will Feature a Matchup of 2 Evenly Matched Teams
LeBron James and Stephen Curry are the stars in the N.B.A. finals, but the defense of Draymond Green, Iman Shumpert and others will also be crucial.With the conference finals having wrapped up quickly, the N.B.A. finds itself in an awkward situation:...
In Our Pages
Highlights from the International Herald Tribune archives: Sailors go mad in 1915; spy is sentenced to death in 1940.1915 Mental Strain for SailorsTwelve sailors employed aboard interned German liners in New York have lately gone mad. Three became so...
In Search of a Creole Pioneer ; Music of Amede Ardoin Crossed Strict Racial Lines, but He Died in Obscurity
Amede Ardoin brought white Cajun and black Creole traditions together in Louisiana, and it may have cost him his life.Somewhere among the thousands beneath a grassy hill here lies the body of Amede Ardoin.He was singular in life: one of the greatest...
Israel Flourishes after a Water Revolution ; Desalination Technology and Intense Recycling End Chronic Fears of Dry Spells
A major effort to desalinate water from the Mediterranean and to recycle has provided the country with enough water for all its needs.CORRECTION APPENDED At the peak of the drought, Shabi Zvieli, an Israeli gardener, feared for his livelihood....
Lew Stresses Urgent Need for Deal on Greek Debt ; as June Deadlines Loom, Athens and Creditors Are Still Said to Be Far Apart
The secretary of the U.S. Treasury said after Group of 7 meetings that risks persisted if Greece and its eurozone partners failed to reach an agreement soon.The United States Treasury secretary on Friday once again warned eurozone countries that they...
Limiting Official Surveillance
The debate must continue on the proper balance between national security and civil liberties in America.Barring a last-minute compromise, congressional authorization for the program the government uses to sweep up Americans' phone records in bulk will...
Madoff Accountant Who Testified Avoids Prison
A federal judge on Thursday sentenced David G. Friehling to a year of home detention and another year of supervised release, noting that he had cooperated extensively with federal prosecutors.By his own admission, David G. Friehling was not much of an auditor...
Mixed Literary Messages in China ; as Beijing Is Promoting Publishing Deals in U.S., Writers Protest Censorship
Writers protested the limits on free speech and expression in China as a large Chinese delegation took part in a major American book trade event.A few years ago, the Chinese writer Murong Xuecun had the kind of career most novelists dream about. His...
Music and Art in a Storybook Croatian City ; A Cultural Explosion Is Taking Place along Varazdin's Ancient Streets
A cultural explosion is taking place in castles and squares, in churches and a synagogue and along the ancient streets of Varazdin.The Julijan apartment in the heart of Varazdin, Croatia, is as much a representation of the city's character as it is a...
Myanmar Deflects Fault over Migrants ; U.N. Says Root Cause of Crisis Is Nation's Treatment of Rohingya
Myanmar said that it should not be singled out for the refugee crisis and that its policies toward the Rohingya were "domestic jurisdiction."The Myanmar government forcefully rejected on Friday assertions by the United Nations that the root cause of...
Netflix Prevails with Invisible Hand in Policy and Mergers
The invisible hand of Netflix has been at work influencing policy and proposed mergers in the cable, broadband and media businesses.Whatever the outcome of the latest proposed mergers and acquisitions in the media industry, a clear winner has already emerged,...
Palestinians Drop Effort to Cut Israel from FIFA ; Compromise Deal Creates Panel to Help Improve Treatment of Teams
A last-minute deal would create a FIFA committee to monitor Israel's treatment of Palestinian teams and to deal with a contentious issue about teams from Israeli settlements in occupied territory.The Palestinians dropped their bid to suspend Israel from international...
Plan for Another Huge Statue Splits Moscow ; Fierce Fight over Identity Erupts as Government Celebrates Patron Saint
Plans for an 82-foot-tall statue in Moscow honoring the nation's patron saint, St. Vladimir, have exposed a fierce contest over faith and identity.Moscow does not exactly want for colossal statues.Nothing says "Soviet Union" quite like the imposing "Worker...
Royals Savor the Buzz from Success ; after World Series Run, Attendance Is Soaring and TV Ratings Jump
Kansas City has fallen in love with its baseball team again, and the announcers welcome the winning.For most of the 17 years that Ryan Lefebvre has called Kansas City Royals games, the team was predictably lousy. But their unexpectedly fast ascent to...
Solitude, in Service of Others ; at a Retreat in Mexico, Artists Are Asked to Work with the Local Community
The Casa Wabi Foundation, a retreat in Mexico, asks artists in residence to work with the local community.In a dusty patio shaded by a corrugated iron roof, the Mexican artist Galia Eibenschutz stood in a circle of giggling 8- and 9- year-olds who swayed...
Taking on Napa's Tastemaker ; A Small Group of Vintners Is Looking to Reshape the American Palate
A small group of California vintners is challenging the prevailing standards of how Napa Valley wines should taste, and enraging America's most famous oenophile.On the steep hills of Central California near Lompoc, on a slope that runs along Santa Rosa...
The Algerian Exception
The Bouteflika government has managed to deflect an Arab Spring - - but the situation is untenable.Algeria is indeed a country of the Arab world: a de facto dictatorship with Islamists, oil, a vast desert, a few camels and soldiers, and women who suffer....
The Arrogance of Jeb Bush
He believes the Earth is warming, and that's as far as he'll go, because the issue is "convoluted." But his embrace of science denial will not save him.You thought he was the smart Bush. You thought he was the reasonable one. You thought he was the Republican...
The Horrors of Human Trafficking
The world must respond to the plight of desperate migrants fleeing Myanmar and Bangladesh.Thousands of migrants fleeing ethnic persecution in Myanmar and poverty in Bangladesh have taken to the Andaman Sea, west of Thailand and Malaysia, in a desperate...
The Insecure American
A study on the financial well-being of U.S. households shows just how little room for error there is for many people.America remains, despite the damage inflicted by the Great Recession and its aftermath, a very rich country. But many Americans are economically...
The Kremlin vs. the NGOs
The state's repressive machine won't quit until it has vacuumed up every last bit of independent activity.A number of strange protests -- small, mild and held in a sort of minor key -- took place in Russia's main cities this week.A bookstore in St. Petersburg...
The 'Relentless Attorney' Going Up against FIFA
Less than a month into her job as attorney general, Loretta E. Lynch has captured the world's attention this past week when she vowed to rid FIFA, soccer's governing body, of corruption.Thabiso Sithole, a sports reporter with the South African Broadcasting...
The Small, Happy Life
In this first batch of personal takes on how some readers found purpose in life, a surprising theme emerged.A few weeks ago, I asked readers to send in essays describing their purpose in life and how they found it. A few thousand submitted contributions,...
Tudor Palace Intrigue, in 3 Dimensions ; Hilary Mantel on Giving Her 'Wolf Hall' Novels Further Life on the Stage
Hilary Mantel on taking her "Wolf Hall" novels to the stage in London and New York.Ten years ago, I started to build a theater inside my head. I wanted to tell -- or rather, to show -- a story about Henry VIII, the second Tudor king. It would be about...
U.S. Ready to Broaden Fight against Boko Haram
The Obama administration signaled that it was prepared to expand military cooperation in the fight against Boko Haram as Nigeria swore in a new president, Muhammadu Buhari..As Nigeria swore in a new president on Friday, the Obama administration signaled...
U.S. Revises Data and Finds Decline in 1st Quarter ; Data Confirm an Inability to Generate Momentum, with Hard Winter a Factor
The revision downward for the first quarter, which was expected after a brutal winter, underscores the American economy's seeming inability to generate much momentum.The United States economy got off to an even weaker start this year than first thought,...
U.S. Seeks Drilling Limit to Protect a Strutting Bird ; Petroleum Group Objects to Federal Action to Aid the Greater Sage Grouse
The move includes a collection of 14 land-management plans across 10 states and was developed in negotiations with business interests.The Obama administration, aiming to keep a finicky, chickenlike bird called the greater sage grouse off the endangered...
U.S. Spots Chinese Arms on Disputed Isle ; Artillery Vehicles Add to Tensions Ahead of Talks on Regional Security
Mobile artillery vehicles were seen on an artificial island that China is building in the South China Sea.The United States has spotted a pair of mobile artillery vehicles on an artificial island that China is building in the South China Sea, a resource-rich...
When Players Call Time on Umpire
Rules do not prohibit requests from players to work with different umpires, and such requests are not without precedent. Nor are they guaranteed to succeed.The cooling-off period continued at the French Open.Shortly after the nine-time champion Rafael...
Worlds in the Palm of Your Hand
This spring's enticing new travel books.As you riffle through this spring's rucksack of enticing new travel books, seeking somewhere to go, you might give a thought to going nowhere -- that is, in the Greek sense of "nowhere," to "utopia," a word Thomas...
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